The UK government has launched a £5m competition fund for local authorities looking to fit greener technologies into bus fleets.
Local authorities from across England can submit their projects to the Clean Bus Technology Fund 2015 to win up to £500,000 – enough to retrofit hundreds of buses with NOx-reducing technologies.
“The £5 million Clean Bus Technology Fund will provide hundreds of cleaner buses to improve air quality in towns and cities across England and I urge local authorities to submit bids,” said Transport Minister Andrew Jones.
“The funding will also support the British industries helping deliver the technology.”
The fund is open for bids until the end of October, with a particular focus on pollution hotspots in cites and urban areas. The winners will be announced towards the end of the year.
This funding fits existing bus fleets with green technology that emissions of nitrogen oxides by at least 50 per cent.
The new scheme will add to the £20m the government has already invested since 2011 into similar local retrofit schemes for different types of vehicles. The measures, the government said, have significantly improved air quality.
So far, around 1,500 buses have been retrofitted in London and in other parts of England and last year’s Clean Vehicle Technology Fund provided over £8m to councils to upgrade over 1,200 vehicles including vans, taxis, buses and even fire engines.
The Government also launched the £500,000 Air Quality Grant Scheme for 2015/16 today to support local authority projects aiming to improve air quality. Previous schemes managed to encourage local cycling projects and development and implementation of local low emission strategies, the government said.